General Beneficial Insects for Organic Pest Control


General predators such as the Praying Mantis or Ladybug will protect your garden from pests and other harmful situations.




Hippodamia convergens (Ladybugs): Feeds on aphids, moth eggs, mites, scales, thrips, leafhoppers, mealybugs and other slow-moving insects. Ladybugs are a must-have for organic gardening or organic farming.  Adults are shiny, hemispherical beetles, often reddish-orange or yellow, with black markings. Larvae are black, with conspicuous legs and orange spots on their backs. The larvae are often compared in appearance to tiny alligators, and are similarly aggressive in consuming insects. The larvae move from plant to plant on leaves. Larvae pupate on the upper leaf surfaces, plant stems and twigs. Eggs are yellowish-orange ovals, laid on end in clusters of 10 to 50. Click here to see available products.
Tenodera aridfolia sinensis (Praying Mantis): Feeds on anything they can catch. However they will usually avoid eating ladybugs due to their unpleasant taste. Adults are green or brownish in color and grow up to three inches long. Praying Mantids develop in an egg case, usually producing 50-200 baby Mantids per egg. These insects are seasonal, only appearing January through June. Click here to see available products.
Chrysoperia rufilabris (Green Lacewing): Larvae feed on Mealybugs, Thrips, Spider Mites, White Flies, Aphids, and other soft bodied insects. Adults do not eat pests, but rather act as pollinators for your garden. Adults are a pale green colour with long, threadlike antennae and glossy, golden, compound eyes. They have a delicate appearance and are from twelve to twenty millimetres long with large, membranous, pale green wings which they fold tent-wise above their abdomens. They are weak fliers and have a fluttery form of flight. Click here to see available products.




Orius insidiuous: Feeds on Thrips, Spider Mites, Moth eggs, White Flies, and Aphids. Adults are black and white and are about 2-2.5mm long. Adults are great fliers and move efficiently to locate prey. Each female can lay up to 45 eggs over a two week period. Click here to see available products.